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Betty Louise Lane

Betty Louise Lane, age 91, of Ithaca, died Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Schnepp Health Care Center in St. Louis, with her family at her side.

Betty was born May 3, 1926, in St. Louis, the daughter of Willard Ralph and Orpha (Easlick) Cook.  She married Devere Lane on November 8, 1947.  He preceded her in death on August 1, 1997.  She enjoyed music jamborees, going to the cabin in Harrison, and watching birds (especially the Cardinals).  Most of all, she treasured the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Betty is survived by children, Ronald Lane  of Ithaca, and Cindy (Larry) Whitford of Ashley; her grandchildren Eric (Jennifer) Whitford, Jonathan (Jennifer) Whitford, Jared (Sara) Whitford, Angela (Joe) Aubin, Gary (Chrissy) Lane, and Nicole (Ryan) Wood; her great grandchildren, Eli and Henry Whitford, Brady, Lane, and Tucker Whitford, Madison and Wilford Whitford, Ruth Aubin, Kendall and Levi Lane, and Patrick and Thomas Wood; her brother, Robert (Logie) Cook; and her sisters-in-law, Karen Cook and Dorthea Lane; and many nieces and Nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Ervin, Gerald (Cookie), and Keith; and her sister, Bonnie Harkness.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 10. at the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca with her nephew, Dana Lane officiating.  Interment will be in Chapel Gardens Cemetery in Elwell.  Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. until the start of the service at the Barden Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Ithaca Fire and Rescue or to Gratiot County Commission on Aging.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (24)

Larry, Cindy Ronnie and families
My deepest condolences. Your mother will be deeply missed by so many who's heart she had touched mine including
Rest in Peace My Dear Aunt Betty
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDawn M Peterson
I am so sorry for your loss. May your many wonderful memories bring you comfort and peace.
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Dickman
So very sorry to go hear of Betty’s passing. She was the sweetest lady to everyone. May all your wonderful memories lesson your sadness. 🕊❤️🕊
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Kinney Smith
Ron & Cindy & family members...this obit really saddened us. What can one say about Betty, but ‘she was an AWESOME’ lady & will be sorely missed. She’s gone to walk with God in Heaven & she’s sharing her smile with everyone there.
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGary & MARTY McDaid
My deepest sympathy to the family. Betty was our neighbor when I was growing up, and always had a smile and a laugh for everyone. She was a sweetheart and will be greatly missed.
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Leiter
Betty was such a friendly and outgoing person. She always had a smile on her face and took time to chitchat and ask about you and your family. Condolences to her famaily. Rest In Peace Betty.
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl & Ron Krautstrunk
Cindy,Ron and family. I wish to offer my very sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. I never had the honor of knowing her but I have heard of her goodness.
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Prusia
Ron, Cindy and family so sorry for your loss.
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLinda(Losee)Robbe
Ron, Cindy and extended family - sorry for your loss. I had many good memories growing up on Jeffery Avenue and crossing over “Cook” row on my way to the Lumsden house. Had a lot of great memories playing with everyone. Devere and Betty were always good to is. Cherish all the memories
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJim & Cecille Bowen
So so sorry for the sudden loss of your Mom!! Prayers and hugs to you all!
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJudy and Randy Zamarron
To one of the Best Employees and Persons i know: Rest in Peace
Betty .. We will all Greatly Miss and Love You. and all The other People that you affected at The Flower Shop. love And Sympathys to your Family. The Employees and Staff at Godleys Country Floral
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Godley
So many memories flooding back from years at Billig's Flowers. My Dad and Mom loved her! Her sense of humor showed especially when she and I put our heads together and laughed about one of our inside jokes. Heartfelt sympathy to the entire family.
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMary K Billig-Stamm
So many memories flooding back from years at Billig's Flowers. My Dad and Mom loved her! Her sense of humor showed especially when she and I put our heads together and laughed about one of our inside jokes. Heartfelt sympathy to the entire family.
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMary K Billig-Stamm
I am so sorry for your loss!! She was such a sweet lady that always made you laugh😍 I really enjoyed talking to her😊 My prayers to all of her family! She will be a great lady. Say hi to dad for me Betty💞
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterkaren giles
We are so very sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She felt like Family. A lovely lady with a very warm heart. RIP darling. You will be in our hearts forever!!
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterButch & Val Badder
Cindy, Ron, and all of Betty's Loved Ones,
May you find comfort and peace during these difficult days. Your Mom's friends are all caring about you. Sending hugs, Jo Jones
February 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJo Jones
My heartfelt sympathy to each of you. Betty always had a smile for me and we would talk a little when I saw her at McDonalds . Such a sweet lady. I will miss her smile .
February 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTamey Skinner
For Cindy and Ron: What a wonderful and sweet lady. She always had a smile when I saw her and always had a kind and encouraging word for anyone. She represents a life well lived and is the perfect example of a Mother and Grandmother. I know how she will be missed. Roger.
February 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Cook
I am so sorry for your loss of Betty. May the “God of all comfort” embrace you and bring to your minds joyful memories. All the best wishes for your family at this time, take care.
February 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBabe Quintrall
Dear Ron, Cindy and families, My most sincere condolences to all of you. I am sure you all have wonderful memories to help console you through this difficult time.
February 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia McLoughlin
Condolences to Betty's family. She leaves us with memories of a friendly, kind person. She will be missed.
February 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCarol and Richard Merchant
We were deeply saddened by the news of Betty's passing. She was a sweet lady, with much love for all. We pray that God will grant you the strength needed to get through this moment in your life and your memories bring you peace and comfort. Our most sincere condolences.
February 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJerry and Cathy Timmons
Cindy and all families, so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember her delightful smile and kindness. Betty was such a nice lady. It helps to keep the memories close in your heart.
February 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Jeanne Miller
So sorry for your loss 🌹
March 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLori Strouse

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